Interfaith Health Coalition Hold Successful 23-hour Prayer Vigil
June 30th, 2017
An Interfaith Health Coalition held a 23-hour prayer vigil at the U.S Capitol in Washington, DC from June 28-29, to voice concerns about Medicaid cuts in the health care bill currently being negotiated in Congress. They prayed and shared testimony about the millions of people who will be impacted by the Senate bill. Among the speakers were Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), several members of the House of Representatives and Repairers of the Breach President and Pastor, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II. A long line of speakers also included high profile Rabbis, a Native American speaker, clergy from various faith denominations, heads of NGOs and a representative from the American Muslim Health Professionals.
As part of the vigil the Catholic community held a sunrise service on June 29. Sponsors included:
- Franciscan Action Network
- Columbian Center for Advocacy
- Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
- Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
- Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States
- Conference of Major Superiors of Men
- National Advocacy Center for the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
Missionary Oblates JPIC endorsed the 23-hour prayer vigil to express our commitment to a just healthcare system that includes the poor. JPIC staff also attended the vigil.